Politics

Trump’s 51st week in office | In cartoons

Speechless. Words escape us after President Trump’s comments on Haiti and African nations at the close of his 51st week in the White House. So… Continue reading

Gun rights activists call for a halt to five firearm bills | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - About 100 gun rights supporters rallied on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia on Friday, Jan. 12. Most held signs and… Continue reading

Water use set to weigh heavily on lawmakers | 2018 Legislative Session

With the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session kicking off, a 2016 state Supreme Court decision on water continues to make waves in the House and… Continue reading

Senator Murray to President Trump: No drilling off Washington Coast

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and a group of 21 U.S. Senators representing coastal states have told the Trump Administration that they don’t want oil… Continue reading

Congressman Kilmer: Keep Washington state out of Trump’s offshore drilling plan

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) said Washington should be added to the list of states exempt from President Trump’s offshore drilling plan. On Wednesday, the… Continue reading

Legislators consider expanding voting rights | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Voting rights legislation proposed by Democratic lawmakers aims to boost election turnout for young and low-income voters and enhance representation in communities often… Continue reading

On Immigration, Trump is Rudderless | Dick Polman

It was awesome this week to watch Donald Trump in action — or, more accurately, inaction. Clearly stung by Michael Wolff’s true portrayal, in “Fire… Continue reading

New bill could put Washington salmon farms in jeopardy | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A Senate committee is considering a bill that could bring an end to some of Washington state’s largest salmon farms. Senate Bill 6086,… Continue reading

Governance by gaslighting | Tom H. Hastings

My father once told me that a man who worked with him told him that his wife walked in on him in flagrante delicto with… Continue reading

State lawmakers to introduce ‘trigger modifications’ gun bill | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Senate Bill 5992, to be introduced to the state Legislature, would ban a gun parts intended to increase the weapon’s rate of fire.… Continue reading

Back for another try | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — This is the sixth year Gov. Jay Inslee will try to convince lawmakers that the best means of fighting climate change is by… Continue reading

Governor rolls out carbon tax proposal and Republicans balk | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Governor Jay Inslee rolled out his most recent proposal to tax carbon emissions across the state of Washington. The proposal he unveiled on… Continue reading

Bainbridge council flip-flops on controversial 305 bridge

Bainbridge’s “Bridge to Nowhere” is back. In a surprise reversal Tuesday, the Bainbridge Island City Council voted 4-3 to renew discussion of the controversial pedestrian/bicycle… Continue reading

A Few 2018 Predictions | Raging Moderate

Time for a few choice words for the not-so-dearly departed year of 2017. And those words are… “You sucked. Go away. Stay there. Keep it… Continue reading

The Part-Time Presidency of Donald Trump | John L. Micek

Note to self: When it’s time to sit down and talk with my bosses about my next steps as an opinion editor and all-around-columnist guy,… Continue reading

Despite new majority, state Democrats won’t scramble for a capital gains tax | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — While Democrats in the state Legislature have supported enacting a capital gains tax to fund public education in the past, they aren’t itching… Continue reading

U.S. Rep. Kilmer seeks veteran for fellowship in Washington, DC office

Congressman Derek Kilmer is seeking a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a fellowship position in his Washington, D.C. office. “Veterans bring a unique… Continue reading

Activists try to occupy the front steps of the state capitol | 2018 Legislative Session

Climate activists erected tents and teepees Monday in front of the Washington State Capitol building, on the opening day of the Legislature’s 60-day session. “We… Continue reading

Culture war on | Tom H. Hastings

If you watch Fox News, Fox and Friends, and that sort of thing, and if you listen to Rush and his sort, you know we… Continue reading

Trump-bashing book sells out on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island hasn’t seen anything like this since that boy wizard with the big black glasses. Michael Wolff’s tell-all bestseller on the Trump presidency, “Fire… Continue reading